Outrage over app that 'spies' on cheating boyfriends

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 23, 2013 05:51 hrs

Washington: Amidst all the chaos over security and privacy, following the NSA revelations, a smartphone app has been reportedly developed which allows users to deliberately 'spy' on their spouses to check if they are cheating on them.

The smartphone app called as 'Boyfriends Tracker' was launched in Brazil two months ago but it was removed from the Google Play Store over security concerns.

Brazil has been strongly arguing against the use of NSA surveillance programmes and having an app like this is ironical but tens of thousands of Brazilians who have downloaded the app find it a fair game.

According to Fox News, this app called 'Rastreador de Namorados' (Portuguese for Boyfriend Tracker), promises to act like a 'private detective' in one's partner's pocket.

The 24-year-old developer of the app, Matheus Grijo said that people really appreciate having a tool to help them find out whether they're being cheated on.'

The functions of the app include sending the person doing the tracking updates on their partner's location and forwarding duplicates of text message traffic from the targeted phone, even a command that allows a user to force the target phone to silently call their own, like a pocket dial, so they can listen in on what the person is saying.

Critics of the app said that such tools, if fall in the wrong hands, can be used for more sinister purposes like stalking and said that it breaks an anti-online harassment and hacking law in place since April.

However, Grijo insisted that his lawyer vetted the app and determined that it does not violate any Brazilian laws.

The report added that in order to install the app, suspicious partners have upload the app on their loved one's smartphones and a free version leaves the app's icon visible on the target's phone, while a version that costs 2 dollars a month masks the icon.

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